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The Innocent

(Vanessa Michael Munroe #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  4,182 ratings  ·  548 reviews
*Eight years ago, a man took five-year-old Hannah from her school and spirited her over the Mexican border, taking her into a world of a cult known as The Chosen. Now, the childhood survivers of The Chosen turn to Vanessa Michael Munroe for help, knowing that she is the only chance of stealing Hannah back.
Hardcover, 331 pages
Published January 30th 2012 by Crown Publishing Group (NY) (first published December 27th 2011)
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Stephanie Ziegler
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Stephanie by: Read It Forward
I will be honest; I am a girl who loves her romance books. This is my first thriller, at least that is how the publisher categorizes this book. What a great book to start me off in thrillers and I am hooked (at least with Stevens books).

Stevens uses a female as the main character and a male as her back-up partner. Not knowing much about thrillers, having a female lead gave me, the reader, a sense of power. Through Michael, I felt invincible. While using an inappropriate characteristic as a merc
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It made a different reading. I love how things have been turning out.
Though the self-medication sounded like a bit weirdly taken on: really, who the hell cares if it is self-medication or doctor-prescribed one as long as the person it taking heavy addiction-inducing drugs? It's basically drug problem, not self-medication one.
And who sleeps with their knives close to the bed? Even I wouldn't dare as I would be bound to at least cut myself while sleeping. Why not take all dangerous items away fr
Lauren Hough
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Damn it's good. I've gotten so tired of formulaic novels. See, there's a big, bad conspiracy. And then there's this unlikely hero. And he saves the day. And gets laid in the process. No character building. Nothing new. I know the bad guys 'cause they're always the same. I know the good guy and he's as interesting and surprising as a mall food court's fried rice.

And then I picked up this book. At an airport, no less. I'd accidentally brought a book I'd already read and cruised the airport book st
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
It seems everyone is a NY Times Bestselling Author these days, so that's not why I picked Taylor Stevens' new novel The Innocent (Crown Publishers 2011) from my Amazon Vine offering last month. It is the story of Hannah, kidnapped at the age of five and forced to grow up as part of a sexually-oriented, backward cult (which sounds to be based on a group to which Stevens herself belonged in her early years). Even after eight years, her mother won't stop searching for her and begs Vanessa Michael M ...more
Jan 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
I decided to read this second book after reading and disliking the first. I thought maybe the author improved or this would be a better story. Neither of those things happened. Reading these books is similar to watching Angelina Jolie portray Lara Croft in those mindless, kick ass movies. It was great watching Jolie. It's not the same picturing a somewhat gender neutral female as the heroine. The writing is narration and not all that interesting. I am as always amazed by the reviews. I wonder if ...more
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Taylor Stevens' second book in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series. In brief, the author with a unique background is honing her storytelling craft and clearly improving. Based on the contemporary publishing phenomena of uber-strong young female protagonist/heroine characters, like those depicted in the Stieg Larsson and the Suzanne Collins trilogies, it's not altogether surprising that we now have Taylor Stevens' Vanessa Michael Munroe character entering stage right.

What is surprising, how
I really love the way this author writes. The book played like a movie in my head as she relays the subtle physical details of the characters as well as their conversations without being too long-winded. I have to admit that at first I figured it would be somewhat predictable but that wasn't the case at all. And it was pretty obvious to me that there was actual experience behind parts of the story -- which I later verified on the authors website. I will definitely be continuing this series.
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“I need a favor.” That’s what Logan said when he made a phone call to Morocco to speak to the one and only person who could help him, Michael Munroe. That is how the thriller, The Innocent by Taylor Stevens begins.

The author, Taylor Stevens, grew up in the religious cult, The Children of God, raised in communes across the world and denied an education beyond the 6th grade. The leader of this cult, David Berg, who thought of himself as God’s prophet, developed a method called Flirty Fishing which
Nov 13, 2013 rated it liked it
This is book two of the Vanessa Michael Munroe series.

Vanessa, who goes by Michael, is an “information specialist” who takes on million dollar contracts to find out inside information about companies, people, and even countries. She does what it takes to complete her assignments, including murder if necessary, and is known for never failing to deliver. Born in Africa to missionaries and left on her own by age 14, she has lived in thirteen countries and speaks twenty-two languages. She was abuse
Luanne Ollivier
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Taylor Stevens roared onto the scene (and the New York Times Bestseller list) with her debut thriller The Informationist. She's back with her second novel featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe called The Innocent.

Vanessa Michael Munroe is capable of just about anything. She's brilliant, beyond tough and loyal. How does she earn her living? Taking on cases that no one else is capable of seeing through or even wants to attempt. When her close friend Logan comes to her with a request for the seemingly i
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I've been working on a novel where a girl has recently escaped a cult, so this book with a similar theme interested me. I love hardcore female protagonists and Vanessa Michael Munroe is about as tough as they come. She easily overpowers multiple groups of male attackers, is adept in both martial arts and with firearms and speaks 22 languages. This last is part of the novel's problem: she seems too much like a super hero.

Worse the book seems over written in parts, with stilted language and the u
Jan 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
A startlingly bad novel by the author of a good first-time thriller called The Informationist. In that book, the author introduced us to plucky herione Vanessa Michael Munroe, who had a way with research and violence. The pace was fast, the villains suitably ferocious, and the situation interestingly complicated. Here, the research seems to be unnecessary, the violence has become unrelenting, the pace slow, the villains cartoonish, and the situation pathetic.
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Book: B+
Narration: B+

The nightmares were getting worse. When you’re afraid to sleep next to someone because you’ve woken up with tangled sheets and, oh, yes, a pair of knives stabbed into the mattress next to you, it’s time to take action. For Vanessa Michael Munroe, the solution is exactly that. Always at her best (and with her inner demons at their most subdued) when she is constantly in motion, Munroe accedes to a plea from her best friend Logan to help him find and recover Hannah, a thirteen
Maria Aurora
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book from the beggining to the end, I swear!! I loved the personnages and the whole plot. The end is the cherry of the cake ❤
Michelle Lancaster
A Vanessa Michael Munroe Novel
By Taylor Stevens
Crown Publishers, 331 pgs
Rating: 2.5

Vanessa Michael Munroe is back in the follow-up to her debut performance in The Informationist, which I reviewed in December of last year. The mission she is hired for this time is to rescue a child from a cult and return her to her parents. Michael, as she is known, travels to Argentina, last known location for the girl, and sets about recon. She is joined by Miles Bradford, also returning from t
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Vanessa Michael Munroe is one serious chick and one you don't want to mess with. When her best friend, Logan asked her for help locating his daughter, who had been taken from her mother and brought back to the cult they had grown up in, she is eager to help. She has the skill set to get the job done. Logan, along with other member of the cult, The Chosen, help with the background information to help Munroe infiltrate the Havens. Will she be able to find the girl before she is discovered? Will th ...more
Jan 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
The worst has happened, someone thought it'd be a great marketing technique to compare this book to Steig Larsson's series The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Honestly, who wants to read a rip-off of the same thing? I was skeptical, but relief came when I realized I actually did enjoy this book. There are some similarities to Larsson's thrillers, but not a hijack of the bandwagon. Set in Buenos Aries, the search to locate The Chosen's various haven cult houses moves steadily and at a good pace. You ...more
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Taylor Stevens is my hero. Her books ultimately keep ending up in my Best Of... lists. They are hardboiled, action packed thrillers with a very unlikely heroine.

Vanessa Michael Munroe has been compared to Lisbeth Salander many times. I haven't read The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo so I can't confirm if it's true, but what I know is that Munroe is a ruthless, sociopathic, insanely talented killer and an ultimate anti-hero in a female body. She would fit right in with Kate Daniels, Jill Kismet and
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it

In a follow up to The Informationist Taylor Stevens brings Vanessa Michael Munroe thundering back into action.

Five year old Hannah is taken from her mother by The Chosen, a cult of followers of The Profit. One of the cult’s beliefs is to do everything in love which opens the door for adult members to abuse and sodomize children. Three adult survivors who have escaped The Chosen have experienced this abuse first hand and are determined to find Hannah. Their pledge results in an eight year quest
Karolyn Sherwood
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Taylor Stevens is a master-storyteller. She deftly feeds the reader facts and clues and backstory as the characters race through the incredible city of Buenos Aires to save a little girl from a terrible life. The pace is rapid, and the plot of The Innocent is as straight as a bullet through this gripping novel.

(Vanessa) Michael Munroe, the literary world's newest superhero, infiltrates a cult as few people could describe as accurately as Stevens (if you haven't read the author's bio, do that nex
Tory Wagner
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the second book featuring Michal Monroe and like the first it is an adrenaline filled adventure. Michal and her comrades are trying to extract a young girl from a religious cult. With the assistance of her friend now lover Bradford, they work to infiltrate and rescue the young girl. The action is relentless and the book is hard to put down.
Raimey Gallant
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
The author was brought up in a cult environment, and much of the story felt plausible for this reason. This became a page-turner halfway through and landed in a realistic, slightly open-ended way, which makes sense given the circumstances. If you're down for kick-ass, female vigilante protagonists, this one's for you.
2nd audiobook of the Vanessa Michael Munroe series. Same reader as the first, whom I quite enjoy. An action/thriller in which Munroe, a knife-wielding superwoman whose talent is extracting information, and fighting/killing as needed, travels to Buenos Aires to extract the kidnapped daughter of a friend. The girl was kidnapped 8 years ago and has been brought up as a Child of God, in The Chosen cult. Munroe has some friends with her and it was nice to get to know them better too. This is a series ...more
Stacy Bender
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: other
Interesting twist
Apr 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Hard, sometimes gritty plot. Lots of sex refs, some LBGA, some Christian refs (mixed messages sell books?!?). Well narrated.
Michael Sherer
Oct 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
THE INNOCENT, the second in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series, starts where THE INFORMATIONIST left off—with a troubled and very deadly heroine. In this outing, Michael’s friend Logan asks her to find a young girl in Buenos Aires and extract her from a religious cult that is known to insiders, at least, to abuse children. Michael is given that insider information by Logan and two others who escaped (or were kicked out of) the cult as teens, and she also enlists the help of Miles Bradford, the se ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
The Informationist introduced Vanessa 'Michael' Munroe, a damaged heroine with a set of unique skills developed as a means of surviving her troubled childhood. While The Informationist made it on to my wishlist last year I hadn't the opportunity to read it before this arrived for review. It's a shame because I think that my enjoyment of this novel would have been enhanced with a fuller understanding of Munroe's history. That being said, it matters little in terms of the story in this second inst ...more
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the second book in a series about a remarkable fictional woman who escaped a cult as a young person and gradually build skills that enable her to flow effortlessly among cultures and societies garnering intelligence and information that enables her to assist individual victims or even national governments.

Vanessa Michael Munroe is comfortable and well practiced in the use of knives, but as the book begins, you see a troubled person. Her friend calls on her in Morocco to take a case that
Sheila Beaumont
Earlier this year, I was enthralled by Taylor Stevens' The Informationist, her first novel featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe. In that page-turner, Munroe was searching for a billionaire's daughter who vanished in a lawless region of Africa.

In The Innocent, set mostly in Buenos Aires, Munroe's assignment is to rescue a 13-year-old girl, who was kidnapped eight years ago, from a cult called The Chosen of God (apparently based on the Children of God cult, which the author was born into and didn't es
Gloria Feit
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
In reviewing the debut novel featuring Vanessa Michael Munroe, “The Informationist,” I pointed out that ordinarily I react poorly to super-heroes, and called her sort of a bionic woman. However, in that case I set aside my prejudices and looked upon the character favorably. Not so this time. In this sequel, Munroe is considerably less appealing, but no less destructive as an assassin and action figure.

The plot is relatively simple, built around a kidnapped child hidden away for eight years in va
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TAYLOR STEVENS is a critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers. Her books, known for high-octane plots populated with fascinating characters in vivid boots-on-the-ground settings, have been published in over twenty languages. THE INFORMATIONIST, first in the Vanessa Michael Munroe series has also been optioned for film by James Camero ...more

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